Twinned with Dubai’s Arab Luxury World, Paris’ first edition of the Salon du Luxe will bring together over 800 multi-sector luxury industry actors. Through a variety of conferences to take place over the two-day luxury and innovation summit, these leaders in their field will attempt to answer the multi-faceted question of how to innovate within the luxury market.
While the Dubai event highlights local key luxury concepts like novelty, audacity and high-technology, the Paris outpost will be in keeping with culture in France, where luxury is synonymous with tradition, savoir-faire, dreams and elegance. Echoing these core values, the summit’s numerous and diverse range of speakers will share their views on how to innovate in creating a stronger, more qualitative and longer lasting experience of products and services for the consumer in the French but also global markets.
Confirmed speakers include digital experts like Caroline de Fontenay, Head of Brand Activation at Google and Laurent Buanec, Head Brand Strategist for Twitter, as well as Stéphane Truchi, President of IFOP market research and poll institute and Cécile Desclos, Director of Agri-food and Distribution at Les Echos Etudes. Key players for top luxury brands will also be sharing their experience and include Jean-Claude Biver, President of LVMH Watch Division and Hublot Chairman, Sandrine Couroyer, Head of Personalisation and Bespoke Leather Goods at Louis Vuitton, Francis Srun Managing Director for APAC at Boucheron and Jean-Pierre Clément Head Buyer at Fauchon, among a number of other speakers with equally fascinating profiles.
The conferences will more precisely focus on maximising visibility via internal and external digital solutions, how to hire a pioneer and how authenticity can be a force of innovation, along with how to innovate in the prime luxury markets in the Gulf countries and Asia, start-up success stories and innovation when it comes to personalisation, materials and design. As well as the conferences a networking evening on 9th July is on the cards and activities like caviar tastings and piano concerts will provide short breaks throughout the event.
The Salon du Luxe will take place from 9-10th July at the Maison de la Chimie (Hall 28bis), 28 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 75007. Twitter: @salonduluxe and #SalonDuLuxe Passes to the Salon du Luxe cost from 1,400€.
Traveller’s guide to the neighbourhood during the Luxury and Innovation Summit
Where to stay: Le Cinq Codet.
Opened last year, the five-star Cinq Codet hotel that looks more like an artist’s residence, was designed by the hit-designer and architect Jean-Philippe Nuel (also behind the Molitor and Taj Pondicherry). The boutique hotel has 67 rooms including four suites with terraces and views of the nearby Invalides’ golden cupola, as well as a bar and restaurant adjoining an outdoor patio, and a small spa and gym.
Le Cinq Codet
Where to have lunch: Les Ombres
Perched up on the roof of the Jean Nouvel designed quai Branly Museum, which features indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, the museum restaurant Les Ombres has one of the best 360° views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, and serves mainly French cuisine punctuated by influences from around the world.
Where to dine: Thoumieux restaurant
Previously headed by two-Michelin-star chef Jean-François Piège, the exclusive restaurant located within Thierry Costes’ Thoumieux Hotel now has Top Chef jury member and two-Michelin-star French-Pakistani chef Sylvestre Wahid at its helm. Entirely designed by India Mahdavi, the restaurant is a must for any self-discerning foodie visiting Paris.
Mahdavi Restaurant, Thoumieux © Vincent Leroux
Where to have a drink: Les Berges de Seine
In 2013, the banks of the Seine (the Berges de Seine) between the Alma bridge and the Musée d’Orsay was closed to traffic and reopened as a 2.3km promenade lined with bars, restaurants, art installations and various activities and events. Our favourites for having a drink and a bite to eat include the Rosa Bonheur barge at the Port des Invalides and the Faust restaurant nestled under the Alexandre III bridge.
Les Berges de Seine
What to do: visit the Musée Rodin
Although the museum dedicated to the famed French sculptor’s work is undergoing renovation works, parts of the museum and the gardens are still open to the public. One of the most beautiful museums in Paris, it’s worth dropping by to catch a glimpse of Rodin’s Thinker and to indulge in a glass of rosé in the picturesque French style garden. The Musée Rodin will reopen fully on 12th November 2015.